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SAKI Program

Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer

In 2016, the Montana Department of Justice was chosen as one of twenty recipients in the country for the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant (SAKI). Montana received $2,000,000 awarded through the Montana Board of Crime Control from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Montana implemented BJA’s evidence-based response model to address the issue of unsubmitted sexual assault kits. The essential elements of the model include the following:

  1. A statewide inventory of all untested sexual assault kits.
  2. Development of a multidisciplinary working group to identify and address challenges to sexual assault crimes.
  3. Designate a “site coordinator” who will serve as the central point of contract for the site team.

To learn more about the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative please visit:

https://bja.ojp.gov/program/sexual-assault-kit-initiative-saki/overview 

https://www.sakitta.org/ 

What are the goals and objectives of the program?

Goals

Identify, track, and test all unsubmitted sexual assault kits

Establish uniform sexual assault testing policies and procedures

Improve the response to sexual assault crimes

Objectives

Reduce victimization
Encourage reporting of sexual assault
Increase survivor services and support
Identify and charge repeat offenders
Eliminate factors that create a backlog

Develop best practice recommendations
Implement uniform policies and procedures
Improve and increase training
Encourage communication among agencies
Use science and technology to bring offenders to trial

If you would like to learn more about the SAKI Project, you can read the complete Project Narrative below.

2016 SAKI Project Narrative

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